Three cheers for summer and the joy of rediscovering the Commanderie de Peyrassol
This summer, the estate will evolve in a breath-taking new way. A novel, more spacious reception area will showcase the entire range of Peyrassol wines, which will also be available for tasting. The path that runs through the vineyards and the undergrowth, dotted with the estate’s formidable collection of sculptures, has been thoroughly redesigned to enhance both its art and its nature.
New works of art by Bertrand Lavier, Daniel Buren, Pascale Marthine Tayou or DeWain Valentine have been acquired to enrich the experience of walking along it. A temporary exhibition by the well-known artist, Anish Kapoor, makes the estate a must-see destination.
However, a visit would not be complete without a comforting break under the mulberry trees around the Bistrot de Lou and tasting the delicious “verrines” – Provençal specialities prepared by Chef Guillaume. Chez Jeannette is a more refined restaurant, with a terrace overlooking the vineyards and an elegant menu prepared with the estate’s farm produce, which is picked daily. The Commanderie de Peyrassol awaits you!
The Art of Living in Provence
Founded in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, the Commanderie de Peyrassol covers an area of some 850 hectares dotted with oaks and olive groves, with 92 hectares dedicated to growing grapes. Thanks to its outstanding natural location the Commanderie was a favoured staging post and a place of rest for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.
At an elevation of 330 metres on the lower slopes of the Massif des Maures, the vineyard sits on a clay and limestone soil which is ideal for viticulture. Since the first varieties were planted by the Templars some 800 years ago, generations of wine growers have applied their know-how to nurturing the vineyard and its wines through the dedicated cultivation of this exceptional terroir.
Since 2003 Alban Cacaret has managed the Commanderie de Peyrassol alongside his uncle, Philippe Austruy, who has owned the estate since 2001. Together they have restored the domaine to its former glory and have made Peyrassol one of the most respected vineyards in Provence.
The wines of Peyrassol
The Peyrassol wine storehouse, built from ancestral stone, contains the latest equipment which allows vinification to be performed with a high degree of precision. While remaining true to tradition, the domaine has adapted to the major advances in winemaking, combining these with the expertise of a highly capable team which oversees the operations.
The wines of Peyrassol express to perfection the quality of the terroir and several centuries of know-how. 1204, Clos Peyrassol and Château Peyrassol are three AOC Côtes de Provence lineages which are classed amongst the top grands crus in their AOC category and represent the very essence of Provence. Fresh, refined and delicate, they will provide the perfect accompaniment to shared occasions and moments of relaxation, and will surprise you with their powerful and harmonious aromas.
Through the development of prestigious wine expertise, we have developed under the brand Peyrassol wines that meet our DNA. Cuvée des Commandeurs and #LOU come from a rigorous selection of terroirs, grape varieties and fruits. Every winemaking steps are achieved in the respect of the highest level of quality.
Accomodation : Staying overnight at Peyrassol
Echoing its prestigious past, the Commanderie de Peyrassol has revived and updated the tradition of hospitality which it inherited from the Templars. Our rooms offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend or even a week away from it all, amidst the peace and tranquillity of unspoilt nature. The rooms have been tastefully renovated in the style you would expect of a location so steeped in history, and are equipped with every modern comfort and convenience.
Opening Hours of Peyrassol
La Commanderie de Peyrassol is opened daily between April, 1st and November, 20th, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.
From November, 12th to March, 30th, Peyrassol is opened from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
A showcase for the creativity of our times
The monumental sculpture park located in the midst of our vines and woodland is one of the finest open-air collections of contemporary art. These works create a link between art and history, and a stroll round the park leads to surprising discoveries and reveals the intimate heart of the Commanderie, for which most of these works were specially created. Jean Dubuffet, Jean Tinguely, Arman, César, Niki de Saint Phalle, Bernar Venet … the most prestigious artists are on display here, inviting the visitor to marvel, to reflect and to simply enjoy.